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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYA02H3
Professor
Steve Joordens
Semester
Winter

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PSYA02H3 WEEK 8: 14.03.05. CHAPTER 16: HEALTH, STRESS, AND COPING Module 16.3 Coping and Well­Being COPING Coping refers to the processes used to manage demands, stress, and conflict.  ­ Some approach problem or stressor by taking problem­solving approach – cope  by defining problem and working toward solution ­ Not all stressors have identifiable solutions o I.e. emotional coping probably better suited to dealing with losses of loved  ones Positive Coping Strategies Positive psychology uses scientific methods to study human strengths and potential.  Optimism is the tendency to have favorable, constructive view of situations and to  expect positive outcomes. ­ Coping also influenced by resilience, the ability to effectively recover from  illness or adversity ­ Stress and trauma can also lead to people recognizing and using positive qualities   ▯phenomenon called  post­traumatic growth, the capacity to grow and  experience long­term positive effects in response to negative events Meditation, Relaxation, and Biofeedback Biofeedback is a therapeutic technique involving the use of physiological recording  instruments to provide feedback that increases awareness of bodily responses. ­ Many people report significant benefits using relaxation and meditation  techniques to cope with stress o Designed to calm emotional responses and physiological reactions to  stress ­ Meditation comes in two varieties: 1. Mindfulness, which involves attending to all thoughts, sensations, and  feelings without attempting to judge or control them 2. Concentrative, w
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